FACULTY SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
October 13, 2010
Present: Ellis Blanton, Larry Branch, Emanuel Donchin, Sang-Hie Lee, Michael LeVan,
Huntington Potter, Arthur Shapiro, Drew Smith
Absent: Elizabeth Bird, Dale Johnson, Christine Probes, Deborah Williams
Guests: James Andrews, Eric Eisenberg, Kaushal Chari, Miguel Labrador, Kathleen
McCook, Steve Permuth
Office: Dwayne Smith, Graham Tobin, Linda Whiteford, Ralph Wilcox
The meeting was called to order at 3:05 p.m. With the addition of Dr. LeVan being present at
the September 1, 2010 meeting, the Minutes were approved as corrected.
a. Discussion of Proposed School Name Change – James Andrews, Interim Director, SLIS;
Kaushal Chari, Chair, ISDS; Miguel Labrador, CSE; Kathleen McCook, SLIS
President Branch prefaced this discussion by reminding everyone that USF is operating in
a climate of shared governance with a recent history of shrinking resources. When
programs are shrinking and there is a perception of possible overlap among programs, it
made sense to ask each of the three directors to attend today’s meeting so that everyone is
made aware of the issues and exchange information in the context of shared governance.
Dr. Andrews gave an overview of the rationale behind the proposed renaming of the
School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) to the School of Information. The
name change better reflects the School’s strategic aims to align itself with trends in the
field and to help the undergraduate students to identify with the overall School’s
offerings. The proposal is supported not only by the School’s faculty, but by the Dean
and Associate Deans of Arts and Sciences as well. Dr. Andrews then communicated with
those departments involved (Mass Communications, ISDS, Communications, and
Engineering) to let them know what the School was planning in terms of the name
change. Once this is decided upon, Dr. Andrews will share it with the Advisory Board
for the master’s degree and for alumni as well. He commented that the iSchool
movement is a trend in this field; not a unique thing. From today’s meeting with the
SEC, Dr. Andrews was anticipating support or some kind of consensus from this body,
and in conjunction with those departments on campus that are information-oriented in
their research and education to create a committee to quickly and efficiently share
President Branch commented that the USF Tampa campus Faculty Senate is concerned
with just the academic issues on the Tampa campus. The other institutions are wanting
unique missions and asked how the Tampa campus handles this fact that it is suppose to
have non-overlapping and noncompeting issues as well. Dr. Andrews responded that
Polytechnic and Sarasota had an undergraduate degree in information technology, but it
was administered under Undergraduate Studies on the Tampa campus, although the
courses were primarily on-line. A decision was made that many of those students
preferred to stay on the Tampa campus. Dr. Andrews was approached by his dean and
asked if his School would administer that degree away from Undergraduate Studies
making it something to fit in well with the information science disciplines in a way that
would distinguish it from what was being offered at the Polytechnic and other campuses.
This is currently taking place. An effort is being made to distinguish this undergraduate
program from the other programs being offered at the satellite campuses.
In response to a question regarding resources to support a new undergraduate program,
Provost Wilcox gave historical background that the degree has always been approved for
delivery at USF. It is not a new program although it did have resource ramifications
because in the past the program had been delivered on-line by faculty. Recognizing the
needs of the students that were admitted to and enrolled in the program on this campus,
recognizing they expressed that they wanted a degree from USF (not from Polytechnic or
Sarasota) shows to the Provost that USF has a responsibility to move to meet their needs.
Therefore, this is where it is now.
There was concern among the SEC members of redundant course offerings and course
overlapping with other campuses. Undergraduate Council Chair Michael LeVan
suggested there should be renaming and reworking of what the curriculum would look
like. Dr. Andrews commented that course prefixes will be changed and courses added
that bring in the information science part of the degree to differentiate it from the
program offered at the Polytechnic campus. He added that critical thinkers will be
trained who will receive the full impact of a Bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa with a
well-rounded undergraduate degree and be able to go into information professions at a
different level than Polytechnic students.
Provost Wilcox added that this is an approved degree to be offered at USF. This is not a
new degree, but some curriculum refinements will be brought forth. He asked that
today’s discussion be focused on the proposed name change of the school and not the
degree at this time.
Comments from Dr. Labrador based upon feedback from faculty:
• The name change is long overdue, and there are no objections to it.
• There is overlap in all three areas but each area has different aims and different
• Students are not being served correctly in that they are confused. The catalog
needs to clearly explain to the students the differences between the courses and
the requirements that can be transferred. Definition of all the courses needs to be
reviewed and clearly defined.
Comments from Dr. Chari based upon feedback from faculty:
• The demand for IT/ISDS/CIS degrees has decreased since 2000. There is a
concern with how to place students in companies where job opportunities are
• Employer/student education needs to take place; that is, educate both of what this
• How will the demand for new resources be handled?
The suggestion from the college was to have a virtual school of IT drawing
courses from various colleges to focus on areas that are not covered by other
departments which would provide an umbrella to collaboratively work under and
to pool resources.
Comments from Dr. McCook:
• One of the strong points of the new school is working in community informatics.
• There is a need for students with more information skills to keep up with the fast-
President Branch summarized the discussion that all were in agreement with this
proposed change; that there is, indeed, a need to be adaptive and responsive to today’s
student changing needs. However, there is no MOU of how academic restructuring
would occur at USF Tampa. In the absence of an MOU, President Branch does not see a
vehicle for faculty involvement, or a vehicle for resolution that he would have been as
optimistic with as he was last year. Provost Wilcox responded that, in his estimation, the
renaming of a school does not represent academic restructuring. With the change to
refine the names of units over the past twelve to eighteen months, there is no substantive
structure change represented. The Provost did agree with President Branch that
unnecessary duplication of curriculum delivery needs to be looked at very carefully.
President Branch asked Undergraduate Chair LeVan to assure that the suggestion of a
committee among the three programs is followed up on and to assure the SEC and
Faculty Senate that there has been the appropriate dialogue. The SEC will trust that the
committee will serve the underlying function that is needed at this next stage.
b. Market-Based Tuition Delivery Model – Ralph Wilcox
At the request of the Faculty Senate, Provost Wilcox agreed to address the SEC on the
market-based tuition proposal. To aid in this, he distributed a handout outlining four
Academic Delivery Funding Models in Higher Education: State Funded, State
Subsidized, State-Funded: Full Cost Recovery, and Self-Funded: Market-Based Tuition.
Upon reviewing each of the models the Provost pointed out that, except for the fourth
model, all have no residual margin. Market-based tuition would cover the full cost of
instruction and academic support, plus a margin which will be reinvested in the academic
enterprise to enhance academic quality and expand student access. Although these
programs would be offered through Continuing Education and would be graduate level
only at this time, someone could receive a certificate under this model. Senator Permuth
recommended to Provost Wilcox that a committee of non-standard thinkers be created to
review this model. President Branch will provide Provost Wilcox with three to four
names to consider.
a. Feedback on Proposed Bylaws and Constitution – Elizabeth Bird
In the absence of Parliamentarian Bird from today’s meeting, President Branch led this
discussion. The following three suggested additions were made by Parliamentarian Bird:
(1) expanded language in the Constitution on the Senate’s function (Article II.A) and (2)
added a sentence that states it is the Senate’s responsibility to appoint members to the
USF System Faculty Advisory Council (FAC):
ARTICLE II. Faculty Senate
The Faculty Senate is the primary faculty advisory body to the University of South
Florida Tampa President, Provost, and Vice President for Health on all matters that
pertain to the academic climate of the university. The Senate has the responsibility to
review and make recommendations to them considering decisions on all matters
pertaining to the welfare if the University, focusing particularly on those pertaining to the
The Senate may discuss and take a position on any subject of University concern, and
may initiate policies on these matters to the President, either directly or through its
committees. The Senate appoints faculty members to serve on the University-wide
committees as well as Faculty Senate committees; these committees carry out much of
the work of the Senate. The Senate will have a significant role in the appointment of
academic administrators, as well as the periodic performance reviews of such
The Senate will also be responsible for appointing members of the USF System Faculty
(3) suggested a procedure for making such appointments and adding it as Article I.E. to
E. Appointments to USF System Faculty Advisory Council
The Faculty Senate President is responsible for making appointments to the USF System
Faculty Advisory Council (FAC). Terms of appointment will be two years, which may be
extended by up to two years, at the discretion of the Senate President. No individual may
serve more than four consecutive years on the FAC, but may be re-appointed after one
year has elapsed since the end of the last appointment.
The members of the FAC will include the Senate President, Vice-President, Secretary,
Sergeant-at-Arms, and Parliamentarian unless those individuals are unwilling or unable
to serve. Additional FAC members must be serving members of the Senate, elected or ex-
officio, at the time of appointment. Individuals appointed to the FAC may complete their
FAC appointments (including possible extension), even if they are no longer members of
the Faculty Senate.
FAC members will be appointed by the Senate President, following the recommendation
of the Senate Executive Committee.
A motion was made and seconded to approve these additions. During discussion, it was
recommended that Senator-at-Large be added to the members of the FAC. The
amendment was approved, and the motion to accept all additions was unanimously
REPORTS BY OFFICERS AND COUNCIL CHAIRS
a. Honorary Degree Recommendations – Sang-Hie Lee
As Chair of the Honors and Awards Council (HAC), Senator Lee presented the following
candidates recommended by the HAC for Honorary Degrees:
1. Dr. Joanna Fowler, an alumna of USF undergraduate Department of Chemistry some fifty
years ago, has accomplished an extraordinary career in science that culminated in
receiving the National Medal of Science Award in October 7, 2009 in a ceremony held at
the White House. Her scientific contributions have global impacts in multiple basic
science disciplines as well as clinical applications: F-fluorideoxy glucose (FOG) in PET
research, C-cocaine in in vitro research, Mapping human brain (MAO B) in lung
research, particularly of the effects of smoking. The Council is very pleased to note that
she is USF’s own graduate and a pioneer female scientist, who has distinguished herself
in the STEM fields.
HAC Recommendation: The Council recommends Dr. Fowler for a Doctor of Science.
2. Dr. Elliot Sussman earned his BA degree from Yale University, MD degree from
Harvard University, and MBA from Wharton School of Business at The University of
Pennsylvania. Dr. Sussman has contributed to his field of medicine and the society at
large as a productive scholar and global leader in HealthCare Management. CBD of the
American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and CEO of Lehigh Valley Health
Network (LVHN), Dr. Sussman has demonstrated a visionary leadership in 21st century
medical education. LVHN-USF partnership makes an important collaboration toward
USF’s goal to accomplish AAU membership.
HAC Recommendation: The Council recommends Dr. Sussman for a Doctor of Humane
The recommendations came to the SEC from the HAC with a motion to approve. The
motion was seconded and the nominations were discussed. Chair Lee was asked to verify
Dr. Fowler’s graduation date from USF. She will also clarify with the College of
Medicine that Dr. Sussman’s Honorary Degree will be awarded in December at USF’s
commencement ceremonies and not at ceremonies held for the College of Medicine.
With this, the motion to approve these two recommendations for Honorary Degree was
unanimously passed. The recommendations will be presented to the full Senate at its
b. Committee on Committees Recommendations – Ellis Blanton
Committee on Committees (COC) Chair Blanton distributed copies of the recent slate of
nominations approved by the COC. He thanked all faculty who nominated themselves,
the COC members for their diligence, and Ms. Pipkins for her contribution to this
process. The slate came to the SEC from the COC with a motion to approve. Discussion
was held. Vacancies will continue to be filled. The motion to approve this slate of
nominees was unanimously approved. It will be presented to the Senate at its October
REPORT FROM PROVOST RALPH WILCOX
Provost Wilcox distributed pocket-size copies of the “USF System Fact Book 2010/11” which
can be used not only as a reference guide, but to answer frequently asked questions about USF.
Also distributed was a snapshot of the front page of the web site for the Office of the Provost and
Executive Vice President titled “A Performance Update: Advancing USF’s Strategic Plan.” The
Provost urged the SEC members to link to this page that will take them to an electronic
document with information on such topics as Total University Expenditures per Student FTE,
and Tuition and Fees: In/Out-State Graduate. This is a very different progress update, and is
more comprehensive than previous documents. Provost Wilcox commented that he would like
this information to form the substance of future conversations/future presentations from the
Provost’s Office to the SEC because it is very informative. It reveals USF’s weak spots, soft
spots, areas it is in desperate need of investing in, and improving performance on.
REPORT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT LARRY
President Branch’s report consisted of the following announcements:
• Senator David Shapiro has had to resign both from the SEC as Senator-at-Large and from
the Faculty Senate due to reassignments in the College of Medicine. Therefore, a call for
nominees to fill the Senator-at-Large position has been sent to all Senators. In addition,
names will be accepted from the floor at the October Faculty Senate meeting. Vice
President Steve Permuth will allow himself to be nominated for the Senator-at-Large
• The USF System FAC has adopted a set of Bylaws and Constitution that will have a 6
month lifespan (through April 1, 2011) at which point it will be mandatory to reconsider
the Bylaws. The FAC is currently operating under the original charter and has a year to
develop a Constitution. The FAC is continuing to meet. President Genshaft is
implementing the new organizational chart fully. The next meeting of the USF System
FAC is in St. Petersburg.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:06 p.m.
Senate Executive Committee
1. Committee on Faculty Issues, along with CEPI Chair Donchin, to re-examine Emeritus
policy (09/03/08 SEC Meeting).
2. Formal procedures for creating a logo – Michael Barber (09/03/08 SEC Meeting).
3. Status of graduate teaching awards from Graduate Council – James Strange (10/01/08
4. Selection of members for Resolution Implementation Committee – Steve Permuth
(04/08/09 SEC Meeting).
5. Request of Provost Office for credentials of faculty teaching summer school – Steve
Permuth (06/03/09 SEC Meeting).
6. Request of Provost Office for quantification of summer school class sizes – Steve
Permuth (06/03/09 SEC Meeting).
7. Decision regarding display case (07/01/09 SEC Meeting)
8. Feedback from Office of General Counsel on issue of privacy and SafeAssign – Michael
LeVan (10/07/09 SEC Meeting)
9. Feedback from CFI on draft definition of faculty statement – Paul Terry (11/04/09 SEC
10. Timeline from General Counsel Steve Prevaux for revision of Post-Retirement Policy
#0-614 – Emanuel Donchin (12/02/09 SEC Meeting)
11. Creation of ad hoc committee to prepare a Faculty Senate response to Article 13, Layoff
and Recall – Laurence Branch (12/02/09 SEC Meeting)
12. Undergraduate Chair Michael LeVan to follow up on the creation of a committee
consisting of faculty from SLIS, ISDS, and CSE for purposes of information sharing.
13. President Branch to provide Provost Wilcox with three to four names for consideration to
serve on a committee to review the Market-Based Tuition Delivery Model.